Zachary A. Pestine focuses his practice on municipal liability defense and civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Pestine worked at a premier litigation boutique in Chicago, where he drafted pleadings and assisted in the preparation of direct and cross-examination for a near-billion dollar complex litigation suit. He also has significant experience in municipal liability litigation, including drafting discovery and dispositive motions, and appearing in court.
Recently in federal court, Mr. Pestine successfully persuaded the judge to deny the plaintiff’s motion for certification of a class action in an American Disabilities Act (ADA) case against a municipality and its police department. The plaintiff asserted that the defendants failed to provide specific accommodations to jail detainees who were prescribed canes, crutches, or walkers. He was able to demonstrate that there was not sufficient “commonality” amongst putative class members. The court agreed and ruled in favor of the municipality and its police department. The ruling also should reduce the potential value of plaintiff’s case.
Mr. Pestine earned his J.D. cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2016, where he focused on civil rights litigation, including municipal liability and employment law. He graduated with distinction from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and is a proud Badger.
Mr. Pestine is also an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and is an Associate Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League.